Square dance calling — the spoken instructions said over the music — makes participation easy. But there are other aspects — like the prevalence of gendered language such as “ladies and gents” — that can make square dancing an unwelcoming or confusing space. One group of friends in the Appalachian square dance scene are taking action to make the tradition more welcoming for all participants.Continue Reading Take Me to More News
This week, “A Change of Tune” host Joni Deutsch interviews Petersburg-native Kenny Tompkins about New God, Tompkins’ Baltimore-based art pop band that includes his very own brother, Curt Tompkins. The interview veers into topics as diverse as New God’s music, the future of youth in West Virginia, and the confusion over the band’s name and a popular Kanye West song. If you’re a fan of music that invokes the breezy, lo-fi catchiness of The Beach Boys, this interview and band are recommended for you.
New God just released the lyric video for their song “Ocean Hum,” and the band will be back on tour this fall. For more band news, make sure to check out New God’s website and Facebook. You can listen to the band’s new music on Joni Deutsch’s “A Change of Tune” this Saturday at 10 PM EST on West Virginia Public Radio.